Mumbai: India today announced it has designed a new version of Advanced Heavy Water atomic reactor which will use lesser low enriched uranium along with thorium as fuel and having next generation safety requirements.

By K S Parthasarathy
Techonology for heavy water is being developed. This may lower energy consumption by 60 pc.

KOCHI: India is proposing to join the World Institute for Nuclear Security (WINS) for sharing information on how to safeguard its nuclear installations.

"We have to prevent any undesirable elements from sabotaging or thieving," said M R Srinivasan, member and former chairman, Atomic Energy Commission.

The audit report conducted by the Comptroller and Auditor General on management of fuel for Pressurized Heavy Water Reactors (PHWRs). DAE has been blamed for being unable to exploit the country

Leak At Pakistan Atomic Energy Site Kills Two PAKISTAN: April 9, 2008 ISLAMABAD - A gas leak killed two people on Tuesday at a heavy water plant run by Pakistan's atomic energy agency in central Punjab province, a spokesman for the agency said. The leak at the Khushab heavy water plant took place during its annual maintenance. The plant was closed at the time. "The situation was immediately brought under control and two workers lost their lives while controlling the incident," a spokesman for Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC) said.

The recent civil nuclear cooperation proposed by the Bush Administration and the Government of India has heightened the necessity of assessing India

Little is publicly known about the efficiency and economics of heavy water production at the Department of Atomic Energy’s facilities. We estimate the cost of producing heavy water at the Manuguru plant by analysing the available budget figures and assuming reasonable values for other factors that affect the cost and whose values are not publicly available. Our results suggest that the production costs significantly exceed the price charged under even extremely favourable and unrealistic assumptions.

In the presence of Atomic Energy Commission (aec) chairman Anil Kakodkar and India's distinguished nuclear scientists and personnel who had made this possible, Unit 3 of the 540 mw Tarapur Atomic Power Station (taps) attained criticality (nuclear parlance for an atomic plant becoming operational), with the start of a self-sustaining nuclear fission chain reaction in the reactor core.

There was no way India could have compromised on excluding its Fast Breeder Test Reactor (FBTR) and 500 MWe Prototype Fast Breeder Reactor (PFBR) from safeguards, according to Dr. Anil Kakodkar, Chairman, Atomic Energy Commission, and Secretary, Department of Atomic Energy (DAE). "It was a logical position....

The construction of the Prototype Fast Breeder Reactor, a milestone on the road to energy security, begins at Kalpakkam in Tamil Nadu.